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Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | 11 February 1970 (USA)
2:37 | Trailer
Baron Frankenstein, with the aid of a young doctor and his fiancée, kidnaps the mentally sick Dr. Brandt in order to perform the first brain transplant operation.


Terence Fisher


Bert Batt (screenplay), Anthony Nelson Keys (from an original story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Cushing ... Baron Frankenstein
Veronica Carlson ... Anna Spengler
Freddie Jones ... Professor Richter
Simon Ward ... Karl
Thorley Walters ... Inspector Frisch
Maxine Audley ... Ella Brandt
George Pravda ... Doctor Brandt
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Police Doctor
Colette O'Neil Colette O'Neil ... Mad Woman
Frank Middlemass ... Guest - Plumber
George Belbin George Belbin ... Guest - Playing chess
Norman Shelley Norman Shelley ... Guest - Smoking pipe
Michael Gover Michael Gover ... Guest - Reading newspaper
Peter Copley ... Principal
Jim Collier Jim Collier ... Dr. Heidecke


Baron Frankenstein travels to a new town to meet Dr. Brandt with whom his has been corresponding and with whom he had hoped to collaborate. He arrives however to learn that Brandt is in a mental institution, having lost his mind completely. He takes a room in a boarding house run by the pretty young Anna who just happens to be engaged to Karl, a doctor who works at the asylum where Dr. Brandt is being kept. When Frankenstein learns that Karl has been stealing drugs, he blackmails him and Anna to work as his assistants. He is desperate to learn a secret that Brandt was going to share with him and kidnaps him with the intent of extracting that secret by transplanting his brain into another body. Written by garykmcd

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The good Dr. Frankenstein: more monstrous than the monsters he created. See more »


Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and horror images | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Unlike his on screen persona, Veronica Carlson very much enjoyed working with Peter Cushing. At one point during production, he took his leading lady out to dinner with Mrs. Helen Cushing. See more »


When Mrs. Brant and her friend see the picture of Frankenstein and Brant in the newspaper, you can tell it is a recent paper from 1969 when the movie was made, and not the 1800s time frame. Although the news articles are in German, you can easily see words like "American President Nixon." Looks like Hammer's props department superimposed the drawing of Frankenstein and Brant onto a real daily newspaper they bought that day. See more »


Professor Richter: I have become the victim of everything that Frankenstein and I ever advocated. My brain is in someone else's body.
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Alternate Versions

The scene in which Frankenstein rapes Anna (and the following scene involving Thorley Walters' police inspector) were removed from the original American release. However, they have been restored in all VHS and the 2004 DVD release. These scenes also appear in the UK prints of this film which were never cut. See more »


Referenced in A Slightly Pregnant Man (1973) See more »

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Hammer's 5th Frankenstein film is proof positive of the fine work of Cushing/Fisher.
23 October 1998 | by A. BatesSee all my reviews

Peter Cushing will always be THE final word on the role of Baron Frankenstein. Cunning, arrogant, relentless and above all else,charming. It could also be said that Terence Fisher is the final word on not only directing Hammer's Frankenstein series but Hammer films in general. This is not a new theory by any stretch regarding Fisher. His was the style by which all who played for Hammer's team would in some way emulate. It is no surprise, therefore, that FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED would be so good. Both actor and director had become pretty familiar with this material but rather than go through the motions something high above the expectation mark occurs. A good script certainly helps and indeed this time around there is. It is the relished performance of Peter Cushing and the carefully executed direction of Fisher which gives this film it's tasty Gothic flavor. Never seen a Hammer film? Here's your chance to sink your teeth into a good one.

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Release Date:

11 February 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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